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Good job, Sara

October 5th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Looks like you had the same issue I had: ringing in. It’s kind of like a big video game, isn’t it? The ones who get the hang of ringing in right when those lights go on, not a split second before or after, are the ones who pull ahead. I could tell you knew the answers to so many questions that you never got to ring in on. Same thing happened to me: I kept getting “locked out.”

But then, of course, I had my moment where I bet everything on a Daily Double with less than a minute to go in the game and lost it all. (On a Judds question! I don’t know from the Judds! If it had been a Tammy Wynette question, I’d have gotten it.) Still, you looked good, you bantered very well with Alex, and you played well.

Did you get a box full of Centrum, Flintsones vitamins, etc., as I did? I also got coupons for free bottles of Pompeiian Olive Oil. And I still have my hand-held electronic Jeopardy game around here somewhere. And of course I’ll always have my framed picture of Alex and myself as a lasting photo-giraffic pimiento (as Bozo used to say) of the occasion.

I hope you had fun. Good job, Sara.

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  • 1 Sara MonsterID Icon Sara // Oct 10, 2007 at 20:07

    Wow, a whole entry of your blog for moi??

    Anyway, thanks for the support! Yes to everything about the buzzer. I was especially annoyed that the friends who watched it with me kept assuming that because I didn’t get in on a question, that meant I didn’t know the answer. Even on obvious stuff like Harry Potter! Helloooooo…?

    The buzzer was a huge ordeal. I’m not really sure why. I’d guess it’s because they have this completely Byzantine system — it’s not like the nice automated electronic one we had in junior high Quiz Bowl. You have to read the clue silently, then wait for Alex to get to the end, count to 5 under your breath, then ring in, but not before the lights go on, and also not after the lights go on… and you can also get mysteriously locked out on the buzzer for no apparent reason. ack! It’s really hard to do all that, tap into your trivia knowledge, follow the other rules of the game, and also be composed and articulate and telegenic.

    And no, no tie in product consolation prize — I got a Jeopardy! tote bag, a 5×7 framed photo of me with Alex, and $1000 to offset the cost of going out there. And the experience, of course! I was really hoping for a Mac compatible video game version, though…

  • 2 RevJATB MonsterID Icon RevJATB // Oct 10, 2007 at 20:40

    I make it a policy on this blog that anyone who is a contestant on a game show gets his/her own blog post.

    Wow! You did “Quiz Bowl” too. Only at my high school it was called “Scholars’ Bowl.” I did College Bowl in college too. Our team (Delta Omicron) cleaned up! We won the whole thing, and then I was on the Samford team that went to regionals. We didn’t sweep that one (I think Georgia Tech did), but we buried Ole Miss, which was really fun. They showed up in these matching business suits, with briefcases, like they were these egg heads or something. They didn’t know ANYTHING! We mopped the floor with them.

    I wish they would show THE LIGHTS to the TV audience. Then people would know how amazingly hard it is to ring in at exactly the right time.

    They weren’t doing the $1000 thing when I was a contestant back in ‘98. Wish they had though. A $1000 would have come in handy then. Come to think of it, a $1000 would come in handy NOW.

    It is also my policy that any reader of this blog who has had his/her own TV musical variety series rates a blog post. I have alread done said blog post. Wonder if said reader will fess up to the variety series gig?

  • 3 cancerman MonsterID Icon cancerman // Oct 11, 2007 at 12:59

    The only variety series I was on was the RTS senor banquet when I managed to poke fun of Luder Whitlock and RC Sproul. No wonder I never got ordained.

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